Sharon R. Ciferno
1967 - 2017
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Sharon R. (Regoli) Ciferno, a devoted mother and lifelong school teacher, died in San Diego on Monday, Aug. 14, at the age of 50. She had suffered critical injuries in an accident while on a vacation with her daughter, but after a week of fighting for recovery, she passed peacefully with her family at her side. Her deepest joy was her children, John Joseph, 17, and Alexis, 15, and her husband John, along with countless students she nurtured and encouraged during her 28 years with the Burrell School District. Sharon taught sixth grade at Charles A. Huston Middle School and was remembered by students past and present, as well as parents and fellow faculty, as a loving, funny and determined educator. She not only passed along skills in math, science, reading and history but was also passionate about instilling values of fairness, kindness and generosity. In those instances, she truly led by example. Sharon was born in 1967 to John and Dolly Regoli, the youngest of three children, and lived in New Kensington her whole life. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1985 and received her degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by both of her parents and her two older brothers, John Jr. and his wife Marla Regoli, and David and his wife Anna Regoli, as well as brothers-in-law Jospeh Ciferno, Jason and his wife Michelle Ciferno, and Jared and his wife Leslie Ciferno. She is also survived by her nephews and nieces: Nico Regoli, Antonio Regoli, Marco Ciferno, Gianna Regoli, Isabella Regoli, Sarah Ciferno and Jayanna Ciferno, as well as numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews from the extended Regoli and Zampogna families. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Adolph and Florence Zampogna, and paternal grandparents, Sam Tamburo and Sue Regoli Tamburo, and cousins Brian Coutch and Grant Piontek. Her brothers recalled that their fondest family memories included the funnel cake business the three siblings ran as teenagers, traveling the state to attend fairs and festivals in order to raise money they used for high school and college tuition. In adulthood, Sharon's happiest activities were hosting large family dinners and carrying on the recipes and traditions taught to her by her mother and grandmothers. Even in their grief, her family was comforted to know that Sharon's long-ago decision to be an organ donor meant that her death would bring life to others. The day after her passing, they learned that several patients, including young children, were able to receive life-giving transplants as a result of her sacrifice. Although she is gone from this life, Sharon lives on in them, through her faith, and within the people she loved.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner/supervisor. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will be private.
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Published in The Valley News Dispatch from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2017.
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October 28, 2017
You will be miss you where like a mother to me help we're always there for me I feel like your with me sometimes. Fly high you will be forever missed and loved ❤
Halona Callins
September 15, 2017
To the Regoli Family- sorry for the late message. Just saw my sister Lissa'a post about Sharon's death. I am so, so very sorry for your loss. Please know her organ donation is the most amazing tribute to her life. Since I work in organ transplant I see first hand the miracles daily that truly saves lives! Again so sorry.
Angela Scalise Barber
September 10, 2017
May God bless her memory and give His peace to all who loved her!
I didn't know Sharon but after reading so many comments I wish I had!
The people whom she is helping even in her death must somehow bring you peace!
Amy Williams
Portsmouth, Virginia
Amy Williams
September 1, 2017
My deepest condolences...
Magdalena Roman
August 30, 2017
My deepest condolences. May her lovely soul rest in perfect peace.
Unknown Educator
August 22, 2017
May the remembrance of her beautiful smile bring you peace and joy today and always.❤
August 21, 2017
John & Dolly
Our deepest condolences for your loss. Sharon was a wonderful girl who touched the young and old. God Bless the Regoli family and the Ciferno family.
John & Charlotte Manni
August 21, 2017
John and Family, I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your Wife. May God give you and your Family the strength to get through this. May God Bless you and your Family. So sad, so sorry
Kathy Steiner
August 21, 2017
Very sorry for your loss
Haller Scott
August 21, 2017

So very sorry for your loss, will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Liz and Gary Cernicky
August 20, 2017
Dear Regoli Family
Ron and I were saddened to hear of the loss of your lovely daughter, Sharon. She was truly a beautiful person, we will never forget her lovely smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family that you find the strength to make it through these sorrowful times. May your wonderful memories sustain and bring comfort to you during this difficult time and may Sharon find eternal happiness with God in heaven. With sincere and heartfelt sympathy.
Ron and Romayne Whittaker
Lincoln, California
August 20, 2017
Her light will be carried by her children and the students she poured into!!! Rest on sweet lady!!!Blessings
August 20, 2017
Sharon's effect on the many she touched is very moving. My heart goes out to her family for this loss.
Melanie Pallone
August 20, 2017
Prayers for family and friends. I will add Sharon and family to our prayer list at church today. God Bless
August 20, 2017
I read your story , and I am deeply touched to have read what an example you we're for the world. You we're truly an angel on earth and now in Heaven.

My sincere condolences to your family.

God Bless.
Phillip Nielsen
August 20, 2017
My deepest sympathy to all the people who love her, to the teachers of the world, and to humanity. May Go bestow eternal peace upon her.
Mohammad Hossein Naderi
August 19, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It is really hard to lose someone you love so dearly. My sister and I are grieving over our sister who just passed away Aug. 5th 2017 of stage4 breast cancer. May God Bless your family in your time of sorrow. Now you have an Angel watching over you. You and your family are in my prayers. Mary Brugh
Mary Brugh
August 19, 2017
,rest in peace my prayers are with your family
God bless you all
August 19, 2017
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
August 19, 2017
With great sorrow, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God grant you courage and strength in this most difficult time. Your loss is unimaginable....God bless you.
BJ Keller-Heil
August 19, 2017
My thought and prayers are with the entire family. prayers for strength and guidance ..
Brenda Tetil
August 19, 2017
Our most sincere condolences to the Regoli family. Rita (Serafine) Moyers, Monroe, GA
Rita Moyers
August 19, 2017
Our most sincere condolences to the Regoli family. Rita (Serafine) Moyers
August 19, 2017
Heartfelt sympathy.praying the Rosary for her an family. Touched by the lovely thoughts an memories.Did not know her read the obit.She was truly blessed.
Rosemary Baird
August 19, 2017
On Behalf Of The Cecchetti Family,Daniel & Kelly; We Want To Give Our Continued Prayers And Thoughts Of Peace In Knowing She Lives In Those She Helped.God Bless All Of Your Families. Love To All!!!
Daniel & Kelly cecchetti
August 19, 2017
I am reading this in Idaho. Just want to add that very few can say they laughed their way to heaven. This alone tells me all I need to know about Sharon. Very sorry to be meeting this way. I offer my prayers for comfort for all loved by her. We have a true and faithful Comforter.
Carol Knapp
August 18, 2017
John, Dolly and family,
Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. Sharon always had such a beautiful smile with a soul to match. We never understand why these things happen but may you take comfort knowing she is in the arms of the Lord and will always be with you. She lives on in your hearts, memories and her beautiful children. Our thoughts are with you and prayers that God strengthen and comfort you all.
Tom & Sharon Resek
August 18, 2017
Sharon was my sixth grade teacher. She help me to evolve in the person I am today. I was going through a very rough time at a very early age and she took time out of her every day schedule to make sure that I was doing well in my classes and succeeding. I'll never forget the time that I went on a family vacation to Disney World. She told me to stop and see her after class. When I went to her class to see her she had a box for me and told me not to open it until I got onto the plane. I did just what she told me. And to my surprise, she packed me a care package full of books, sunblock, sunglasses and a card that told me to have a great time and that I deserved it. I'll never forget her! A few years ago, I ran into her at a local restaurant and she came up to me and gave me a huge hug. I then reminded her of what she did for me and how it's stuck with me after all these years. I thanked her over and over again for always being such a great mentor and friend. She was so beautiful on the inside and outside. she cared for her students and everyone around her and most importantly she always put everyone first. When I heard the news of her passing, I was saddened that someone so beautiful was taken so early on. I want to send my deepest sympathies to her friends and family. She will definitely be missed by all!!
Brooke Nix
August 18, 2017
I'm so very very sorry for your loss this week ! I didn't know Sharon , but I heard from my family and friends how kind , loving , and caring she was to others !!! Keep looking up to Our Lord !! He cares and loves your family so much !! He will ease your pain !! Sharon is with HIM now !!!!
Ann Diaz (Lampus)
August 18, 2017
John, David, and family,

On behalf of the Koziarski family, our heart and prayers go out to you all. We are all deeply affected by the news being that we got to know Sharon outside, & inside of teaching our kids. If there is anything we can do to help, do not hesitate to ask. Sharon's loss will be felt for a long time being that she had such a large positive affect on so many.

May God Bless you and give you strength.

Chris, Genia, Hannah, & Miles Koziarski
August 18, 2017
My sincere condolences is with your family at this most difficult time. May the God of all comfort be with you
August 18, 2017
John, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this most difficult time. Cathi (Capizzi) Olinger
August 18, 2017
Love and miss you always.
Jade Dubik
August 18, 2017
I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman. May she rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to all that loved her.
August 18, 2017
John and Dolly,
The Stamps family sends its deepest sympathy for the loss of your daughter, Sharon. We have no words to express the grief and sadness that we share with you, John, Jr. and David. But we do know that her light now shines brightly in Heaven. God grant that you find peace and solace in knowing that. Please, if you need anything at all, call us. We send you much love and prayers.
Jim, Eileen, Jimmy, Kathy (Bercel) and Mary Catherine Stamps
August 18, 2017
My deepest sympathy to all of Sharon's family. I knew her as a young woman, and remember her as a kind, caring, and funny person. May you all find comfort knowing she is resting in the arms of our Savior. God bless Sharon, and all her family and friends.
Claudia Montgomery
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